Demetre Chiparus' The Finale heading for $480,500 auction



2015-06-26 13:31:11

Demetre Chiparus' The Finale heading for $480,500 auction

Demetre Chiparus' The Finale to headline Bonhams' sale of decorative arts

The Finale, a sculpture by Demetre Chiparus, will lead a sale at Bonhams on November 26 with an estimate of 200,000-300,000 ($320,180-480,270).

Chiparus' Finale Bonhams The sculpture is made from painted bronze and carved ivory

The circa 1925 sculpture depicts members of the Ballet Russes taking a curtain call. The male figure is believed to be modelled on Vaslav Nijinksy - one of the most celebrated ballet dancers of the 20th century.

Nijinsky joined the Russian ballet in 1898, aged just nine. In 1909, he joined the Ballet Russes, and became the lover of founder Sergey Dhiagilev - who made him a star on the international stage.

Chiparus (1886-1947) was a Paris-based art deco era sculptor, renowned for his jazz age works in ivory and bronze that display both classical and contemporary influences.

His work traditionally performs well at auction. Last year, Dolly Sisters made 277,250 ($432,814) - up 38% on its 200,000 ($320,180) high estimate.

Bruno Zach's The Riding Crop (1925) is valued at 40,000-50,000 ($64,036-80,045).

Bruno Zach Riding Crop The Riding Crop is one of a number of works by Zach depicting dominant women

Zach (1891-1945) was a Ukrainian born sculptor who lived and worked in Vienna. He is best known for his erotic sculptures, cast in the art deco style.

An example of The Riding Crop from 1930 sold at Bonhams London in 2011 for 97,250 ($150,602) - a world record for the artist.

We have this signed copy of Virginia Wolf's Orlando, first published in 1928, which captures the progressive attitudes of the era in its treatment of gender and sexuality.

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